Capacity Building for Housing Developers

Housing Action Illinois helps housing developers build their skills and capacity so they can provide the best housing and housing-related services to renters and homeowners. We also serve as a thought leader for developers by sponsoring trainings and workshops that explore the future of housing. We want to make sure that developers throughout the state can keep up with changing trends, complicated regulations, and new opportunities.

Recent Workshops

Each year, at our annual conference, we invite housing developers to join us for a series of workshops specific to their interests. See workshop descriptions and select PDFs of presentations from our 2013, 2014, 2015, or 2016 conferences.

In 2017, we brought Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) to Chicago for a day-long workshop on how passive housing design principles—which focus on energy efficiency, comfort, and minimizing environmental impact—can be used in the creation of affordable  IN addition to covering the basic principles of passive housing, we discussed building codes and regulations, talked about financing affordable passive buildings, and heard presentations about recent projects, such as the Tierra Linda project by LUCHA.

In 2015, we brought together developers, architects, and financiers for a panel discussion entitled The New Chicago Bungalow: a Flexible, Affordable and Sustainable Archetype for 21st Century Chicago; see their presentations here.

Chicago Bungalow Forum, May 2015

Changing with the Times

siteHousing Action Illinois initially created our training and consulting programming to serve the needs of Community Development Corporations (CDCs) across the state. We focused on building the capacity of smaller, neighborhood-based CDCs to increase the development of housing units for low- and moderate-income households. We also served as a HUD TA (technical assistance) contractor and helped CDCs and municipalities to better use HOME program funds for real estate development. We assisted the Illinois Housing Development Authority in identifying Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) that qualified for HOME set-aside funds and helped nonprofit CDCs secure CHDO status.

As the priorities of the HOME program changed, so did our assistance to developers. We moved from providing general assistance to providing individual project assistance, including determining project feasibility and creating operating and development budgets. For example, we assisted one local CDC to secure financing to rehabilitate a multi-unit apartment building in the south suburbs. We also created market studies for municipalities seeking to use HOME funds to finance development projects. Today, we primarily focus on supporting housing developers by building their skills and capacity through workshops, training, and discussion groups.

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